Lot 222: French anarchist, school teacher, and medical worker (1830–1905) known for her radical activism and admired for her association with the Paris Commune. AMS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 6 x 8, no date. Michel pens a "fragment des cyclones" in five verses, entitled "Les Souffles." Intersecting folds with small edge separations (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature) and scattered soiling, otherwise fine condition. Written while exiled in New Caledonia, this was published in her 1875 work Legends et chansons de gestes canaques [Legends and Epics of the Kanak People]. After being deported in 1873 for offenses including trying to overthrow the government, she befriended the indigenous Kanak people of New Caledonia and took their side during the 1878 revolt against French colonial rule.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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